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A duck with a black head, black beak, white neck band, brown body and turquoise-blue speculum.

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ScottRasmussen 4 years ago

Another page from that site about hybrid teals. There's one that also exhibits some features of your duck, including the typical black bill of a teal.

ScottRasmussen 4 years ago

Here's an interesting page on mallard hybrids. There is a picture of a supposed mallard/black duck hybrid that has some of the features of your bird as well as some interesting mallard/teal/pintail crosses.

ScottRasmussen 4 years ago

Mallard/black duck crosses are very common in the Northeast and the birds are really drab. I've never seen one with such rich chestnut coloring on its body.

1Sarah2 4 years ago

Unfortunately, you can't always figure out the hybridization from a picture. You can always refer the Latin name up to what you believe to be a common level. Anyone have a problem with the following?
Mallard Hybrid

If there is not issue, please update spotting.

1Sarah2 4 years ago

We know that it is not a hybrid with the Laysan duck. I only mentioned that because they look so amazingly similar. The range of the Laysan is quite far from your spotting and it is endangered. I searched for breeding programs near the spotting but those are also quite far away. None of these were along the mallard migration route.

auntnance123 4 years ago

Could it be mallard x American black duck (or mottled duck)?

TammiEliza 4 years ago

Sarah, I looked up this Laysan duck and wow! It looks amazingly similar except for the parts you mentioned. I bet it's a hybrid between that and a mallard. Or it's just a freak.

1Sarah2 4 years ago

Possibly a blue-winged teal? But also look at the American Wigeon.

Atul 4 years ago

mallard hybrid is the possiblity
but mallard x ????

1Sarah2 5 years ago

While this is absolutely crazy, the closest I've "seen" is the Laysan Duck. The eye ring and neck ring are a bit of an issue. With something so extremely endangered and so far from its home, the probability is very low.

ScottRasmussen 5 years ago

That sure is one interesting duck! Vaguely mallard-like breast and neck ring, but the chestnut feathers extend over the whole body and it has a black beak like a blue-winged teal. Can teals and mallards interbreed? Or is it some exotic species?

SusanEllison 5 years ago

mallard is a good guess...I caught one which has some blue in the wing

auntnance123 5 years ago

The white neck band is typical of the mallard and the dark coloring of the black muscovy--possibly a hybrid?

SusanEllison 5 years ago

could it be blue-winged teal?

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Wild Things 5 years ago

Loved the blue in between the brown. Lovely combination.

Steffi 5 years ago

What a beautiful bird!

North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.99, Long: -81.05

Spotted on Jul 6, 2011
Submitted on Jul 9, 2011

Spotted for mission


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